November 18, 2019
IHGF Delhi Fair connects the world with a new take on sustainability

The recently concluded IHGF Delhi Fair, in its Autumn 2019 edition held from October16-20, 2019, at the India Expo Centre & Mart, drove home a thought provoking message on sustainability and responsible manufacturing. In keeping with the theme of Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose & Recycle, awe-inspiring colossal installations of animals, butterflies, trees, etc. at the fair venue, made from 50 tons of industrial waste including plastic, metal, wood and fabric, exemplified amalgamation of traditional Indian lifestyle values & practices with reimagined creativity using cast-off everyday materials.

Expressing that expound on ecological balance, between nature and humans, the installations delivered a powerful messaging of Indic beliefs and practices anchored on the five great elements of cosmic creation – Vayu (air), Agni (fire), Varuna (water), Prithvi (earth) and Akash (sky/space/ether).

Emphatic displays of several eco-friendly home lifestyle lines, gifts and décor made from recycled materials as well as interesting assortments in fair trade products among other exhibits further affirmed this. Over 7,000 trade visitors from 110 countries thronged the fair all through its five days, to engage with more than 3,200 exhibitors spread across exhibits in 14 display segments.

Regional crafts brought in from the length and breadth of India reflected unique local cultures, native uses and indigenous techniques in staged exhibition areas, Theme Pavilions and Collective Displays. Repurposed materials and new design alignments brought out innovative creations in this category. This fair is known for showcasing India’s product propositions backed by contemporary design inspiration, hand crafting skills and a varied raw material base.

The 49th edition will be held from April 15-19, 2020 at the India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida Expressway, Delhi NCR. The fair is being organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), the national body representing Indian Handicrafts manufacturers and exporters. The EPCH facilitates its 10,000 plus members to customize and offer unique styles and quality products in Home, Lifestyle Fashion & Textiles to the global sourcing community.

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